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Super Bowl Date Change: Cold & Snowy Weather Could Move Day of Big Game

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Jan 24, 2014 09:58 AM EST

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Super Bowl 2014 is scheduled for February 2nd, but that  date could change if the cold weather continues. 

The Super Bowl is always on a Sunday but the NFL is considering changing the date if it's too cold or snowy in New Jersey on the scheduled date. If a major storm threatens the big day, there could be a Super Bowl Friday or Saturday or maybe even Monday, ABC reports.

"We don't have a crystal ball on weather, but we're confident we'll be able to have our events," Eric Grubman, executive VP, NFL told ABC.

Just this past Wednesday, more than 1,000  workers had to shovel out 13 inches of snow from MetLife Stadium, where the big game is to take place. And it isn't going to get any warmer anytime soon, but the NFL is confident that the game will go on no matter what the weather is like.

"Our game is to experience the elements. It's part of what we do. It's part of football, and I believe that's part of our history," Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner told ABC.

"If the Super Bowl is under siege because of Mother Nature and everybody's plans are all messed up... it sounds like something right out of the movies," said Christine Brennan of USA Today.

This year's Super Bowl will be the first time it will be held outdoors in cold weather in the history of the NFL. To accommodate chilly fans, NFL officials plan to give out free hats, ear muffs, gloves, scarves, hand warmers, even a quarterback-style hand pocket to keep them warm.

"This is unprecedented stuff. The Super Bowl is the biggest sports event in the country," said Brennan. "And to think the date could actually move because of a snowstorm, that's possible. That's literally what we are talking about here."

 

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